Dispensation of the fulness of times


Dispensation of the fulness of times

In Christianity, the dispensation (or administration) of the fulness of times is thought to be a world order or administration in which the heavens and the earth are under the political and/or spiritual government of Jesus. The phrase is derived from a passage in Ephesians 1:10 (KJV), which reads: "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him."

The term "fulness of times" was designated as a specific period of time by a variety of theologians and pastors in the 19th century and early 20th century. Jonathan Edwards equated the term with the eternal state.[1] Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916) considered the fulness of times to consist of the millennial age as well as the "ages to come".[2] George Soltau, a dispensationalist, placed the "dispensation of the fulness of times" after the millennial age.[3]

John Nelson Darby held a formidable body of doctrine on the subject of the biblical significance of the dispensation of the fulness of times. Darby's literal translation of Ephesians 1:10 is: "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself for the administration of the fulness of times, [namely] to head up all things in Christ, the things in heaven and the things on earth, in Him in whom also we have an inheritance," (from Darby Bible).[4]

According to some postmillennialists, the dispensation of the fullness of times is thought to take place prior to the Second Coming of Jesus. For example, in the Latter Day Saint movement, the dispensation of the fulness of times is often interpreted as the era after which the Church of Christ is said to have been restored to the earth by the religion's founder Joseph Smith, Jr. beginning in the 1820s.[5] In this sense, the "dispensation" refers to the administration of truth and/or priesthood by the Church and its leaders, guided by revelation.

See also

References

  1. ^ Jonathan Edwards on the Future Revival of the Church
  2. ^ Ehlert, Arnold D.: " A Bibliography of Dispensationalism", Bibliotheca Sacra, V102 #407—Jul 45—p.325.
  3. ^ Ehlert, Arnold D.: " A Bibliography of Dispensationalism", Bibliotheca Sacra, V102 #408—Oct 45—p.457.
  4. ^ The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times from Stem website
  5. ^ The Living Christ from the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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